photographer


16
Oct 10

Robert Ripps, Mr. New York

Robert Ripps, photographed in TriBeCa. ©Tony Gale

Robert Ripps, photographed in TriBeCa. ©Tony Gale

Robert Ripps

He has an insatiable curiosity about the world around him.

He has a witty, quirky and fun sense of humor.

He’s able to make the family next door or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Lady Margaret Thatcher or Mikhail Gorbachev or the 1,000 other celebrities feel equally comfortable in front of his lens.

He loves a good meal whether he is in Kyoto, Paris or whipping one up in his own kitchen.

His love of travel, desire to share his experiences and views of the world around him has brought him around the world as a professional photographer.

But no matter where he has gone, one thing is for certain.

Robert A. Ripps always comes home to his native New York.

This love of Gotham has lead Robert, or Bob as he is known to his friends, to take an avid interest in the history of the City of New York. While walking, or preferably biking around the streets of the Big Apple, Bob can tell you pretty much the history of any neighborhood in the 5 boroughs.  He is often at every major museum in the city and regularly attends exhibits, especially if they relate to the subway, architecture or NYC history. His passion for the history of the subway and his knowledge of its vast network is unmatched by anyone I’ve ever met.  In fact, Bob knows the city and the history of its architecture so well, he is able to point out historical inaccuracies in TV shows or films that take place or are filmed here (much to the annoyance of his friends).

It is this love of New York that has also lead him to document life in the city, whether it is the streets of his beloved Tribeca or the underground culture of New York’s craziest night club Webster Hall.

Robert A. Ripps, he’s definitely Mr. New York.

Nominated and described by Michelle Kawka


25
May 10

Michelle Kawka, attracting attention

Michelle Kawka, photographed in Queens, NY. © Tony Gale

Michelle Kawka, photographed in Queens, NY. © Tony Gale

Michelle Kawka

Michelle once said to me, “I always seem to attract attention when I travel abroad, I don’t know why.”
I should have told her, “Darling! The French aren’t the only ones who appreciate your appeal!”
Her high heels leave a clicking echo behind her as she enters an art gallery and people can’t help but stare at this American beauty with a dash of a European flare that was certainly acquired during her six months in Italy where she perfected her flawless Venetian accent over a glass of Chianti. Of course, the gallery I’m referring to is the one displaying her own photography in New York City (or was it Paris? I can’t keep track).

Michelle had her privileged future mapped out for her, having grown up with a summer residence in the Hamptons and obtained her bachelor’s degree from prestigious Weselyan University in Connecticut. This did not stop her from rolling up her sleeves in an attempt to pierce through the very closed knit circle of photography in the Manhattan. This attempt turned into success after 6 years of hard work built over a solid foundation of pure talent. I could only imagine her mother’s reaction when she came home with the news that her work was now being displayed in museums (and that she had a pair of angel wings tattooed on her back).

If you speak to Michelle during her well-attended photography exhibits, make sure to put down your coupe de champagne, and take a close look into her eyes, and tell her what you see. She’s quite used to it. Some call it sectoral heterochromia. However, most just say, “You have two different colour eyes! “ Maybe it’s a vestige of her former life as a mermaid, of which she is very fond. Michelle could even make an atheist believe in Karma.

As our friendship reached the 15 year mark from across the Atlantic ocean, I am proud have Michelle as my friend and look forward to another 15 years (at least!) of good times.

Nominated and described by Al Vareau


9
Dec 09

David Zimmerman, photographer

David Zimmerman, photographer. Photographed at the Imperial Sand Dunes, © Tony Gale

David Zimmerman, photographer. Photographed at the Imperial Sand Dunes, © Tony Gale

David Zimmerman, photographer

David Zimmerman is an amazing photographer. He has won numerous awards, including the 2009 L’iris D’Or, for his work in White Sands. He built a solar powered studio in Taos, NM that gets all its water from rain… in the desert! He is a pilot and built a plane from a kit. He has lived in all four continental US time zones.  He is passionate about his personal projects, and on the strength of his photographs,  able to get visibility and attention for places that need all the attention they can get. He is basically what I think all photographers want to be.

Nominated and described by Tony Gale


4
Jun 09

Christopher Stribley, creative

Christopher Stribley in NYC. © Tony Gale

Christopher Stribley in NYC. © Tony Gale

Christopher Stribley

Very tall.  Pale.  Lean.  Creative and constantly working.  Chris has many layers.  He’s like an onion – layers and layers and stories that will bring tears to your eyes.

Nominated and described by Deidre Schoo


20
May 09

Tom McWilliam, Photographer, Cinematographer…

Tom McWilliam, Photographer (c) Tony Gale

Tom McWilliam, Photographer (c) Tony Gale

Tom McWilliam, Photographer and Cinematographer

Tom McWilliam was the Photo Editor at House and Garden magazine when Anna Wintour ran the magazine.  With his wife Nell, he has raised two charming daughters.  He knows far more about gardens and plants then I can even begin to guess at.

Tom is a talented commercial photographer and now is a Cinematographer as well, he has worked on two short films and does the occasional commercial video shoot.

Nominated and described by Tony Gale


29
Apr 09

Cliff Hausner, Everywhere…

Cliff Hausner, In the Photo District. © Tony Gale

Cliff Hausner, In the Photo District. © Tony Gale

Cliff Hausner

He is everywhere. It seems as though there is no one that Cliff does not know, there is nothing Cliff has not seen. Cliff is the backbone of the Photo World in New York and a damn friendly guy.

Nominated and described by Stephen Sagmiller.


4
Mar 09

Leland Bobbé, Photographer and former …

Leland Bobbé, photographed on his stoop on 28th St. © Tony Gale

Leland Bobbé, photographed on his stoop on 28th St. © Tony Gale

Leland Bobbé

My friend Leland is a very talented photographer currently working on an amazing series on Burlesque dancers.  He was a NYC cab driver in the “Taxi Driver” early 70′s.  As a part of the CBGB’s scene he took truly unique photos of the groundbreaking bands who played on that storied stage.  He was a drummer in bands that released two albums.  He has lived in the same loft (formerly part of “Tin Pan Alley“) on W28th St. since the mid 70′s.  And he is a genuinely nice guy,

Nominated and described by Tony Gale